The beautiful game's fear of a black face

Racism denied Arthur Wharton, Britain's first professional black footballer, his place in history - until now, a century after he kept goal.

Football: Sky put transfer reins on Ferguson

THE MANCHESTER UNITED manager, Alex Ferguson, may be forced to plead his case for new signings costing more than pounds 1 m with prospective buyers BSkyB over the next three months, it emerged last night.

Gregory matches Graham grind

Leeds United 0 Aston Villa 0 Attendance: 33,446

Football: Ferguson switches to football channel

EVEN A Champions' League game against the Spanish football giants Barcelona could not hide the big issue at Old Trafford yesterday. To Alex Ferguson's obvious annoyance, the theme of the questions kept coming back to BSkyB's proposed pounds 623m takeover of Manchester United.

Football: Villa step reluctantly into the spotlight

Aston Villa 2 Wimbledon 0

Football: Fans fail to add fuel to protest vote

Manchester United 2 Coventry City 0

Football: 'Fans have memories, customers buy brands'

Fan's eye view: Manchester United by Cliff Hague

Football: Premiership Team Of The Week

That Was The Weekend That Was

Football: Roving role is fine by Giggs

MANCHESTER UNITED may have missed out on Patrick Kluivert and Dwight Yorke, but they have still unleashed a new attacking force this season.

Football: pounds 10m bid for Yorke rejected by Villa

ASTON VILLA continued to shrug off the unwelcome advances of Manchester United for Dwight Yorke yesterday, after they rejected what they have described as United's second and final faxed offer of pounds 10m for the striker.

Football: Villa say pounds 10m for Yorke `too low'

ASTON VILLA continued to shrug off the unwelcome advances of Manchester United for Dwight Yorke yesterday after they rejected what they have described as United's second and final faxed offer of pounds 10m for the striker.

Football: Juninho 'will cost Villa pounds 12m'

REPORTS THAT Atletico Madrid are willing to sell Juninho to Aston Villa for pounds 12m were denied by the player's agent, Gianni Paladini, last night.

Football: Yorke takes his chance

Sheffield Wednesday 1

Football: Gregory's Villa find new purpose

Coventry City 1 Aston Villa 2

Football: Yorke's bold move

Coventry City 1 Whelan 59 Aston Villa 2 Yorke 5, 48 Attendance: 22,792
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Fall of the Berlin Wall: It was thanks to Mikhail Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell

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A safari in modern Britain: Rose Rouse reveals how her four-year tour of Harlesden taught her as much about the UK as it did about NW10

Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
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Matt Parker is proud of his square roots

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Paul Scholes column: Beating Manchester City is vital part of life at Manchester United. This is first major test for Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao – it’s not a game to lose

Paul Scholes column

Beating City is vital part of life at United. This is first major test for Shaw, Di Maria and Falcao – it’s not a game to lose
Frank Warren: Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing

Frank Warren column

Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing
Adrian Heath interview: Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room

Adrian Heath's American dream...

Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room
Simon Hart: Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are too good to fail and derby allows them to start again, says Simon Hart
Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

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‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
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Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes